The ICAA is excited to announce that the next Health, Safety, and Welfare in Traditional Design day will be held online on December 3, 2021.This series of one-hour Continuing Education courses focuses on issues of health, safety, and welfare. Each course explores critical issues related to topics such as materials and durability, building codes, comfort, safety, health, sustainability, and human well-being, while addressing subjects specific to the practice of classical and traditional design. The series serves as a forum for topics related to sound design and best practices.Participants may enroll in any number of the courses; there is a discount for signing up for all four programs together.
In the pursuit of achieving a traditional aesthetic, many contemporary buildings are clad in brick—a material that is often associated with traditional architecture and methods of construction. Historically, the detailing and appearance of a brick wall was derived directly from the methods by which the wall was built, and the natural constraints of the material were often the basis for the architectural expression of a façade. However, contemporary construction methods make it tempting to regard brick simply as a traditional wallpaper, affixed to the exterior of the building. This course will examine strategies to design with brick and properly detail brick buildings to both respect the constraints inherent to the material, as well as satisfy the practical realities of cavity-wall construction.This course is a continuation of Designing with Brick, presented at the 2020 Health, Safety, and Welfare in Traditional Design Day. While the courses complement each other, attendance at Part I is not required to attend Part II.
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An explanation of air control layers, vapor control layers, the differences between them and the important aspects of each with regard to building design and construction.Learn more about this course
The architect’s nightmare isn’t the one where you show up for the final trigonometry exam completely unprepared or you’re at Trader Joe’s with no pants on—the architect’s nightmare is getting a late-night call from a client who blindsides you with a serious problem you never saw coming. And it’s ten times worse when you’ve done a good job. The restoration of Belvedere Castle in Central Park—in which a folly designed by Frederick Law Olmsted was converted into conditioned space—was undertaken with extraordinary care by a team of intelligent and experienced designers working with some of the best subcontractors around. But it developed a real problem as algae began growing on its interior walls. The source of the problem turned out to be fascinating in an unexpected way: Because of the Covid-19 lockdowns, New York City’s air quality improved significantly, and it was air pollution that had been inhibiting the growth of algae on damp surfaces. In a cleaner environment, the algae bloomed. Happily, fixing the problem turned out to be relatively simple and inexpensive, because the analytical tools of building science allow us to understand the practical mechanics of what is happening—this is the simplicity on the far side of complexity.Learn more about this course
How do buildings make people feel? How do they influence behavior? This talk reviews new findings in neuroscience and psychology and new technologies that can help us better understand architecture’s impact on people. It discusses biometric tools, including eye tracking, which follow our conscious and subliminal (or unconscious) eye movement, to explain how the architectural experience happens. The talk reveals how new research shows human evolution presets our response to key patterns and shapes more than most realize. The findings, in turn, help us understand why traditional architecture fits our evolutionary predispositions while 20th-century, modern architecture, which developed post-WWI, does so to a much lesser degree.Learn more about this course
The ICAA provides up to three complimentary spaces in each Continuing Education course for students or young professionals to attend. Upon signing up, you will be entered into a pool of applicants. Individuals will be randomly selected two weeks before the course begins, and all sign-ups will be notified via email.
In order to apply for this program, please fill out this form.
Should you have any questions about this special program, please email [email protected]
Questions regarding the ICAA's courses may be directed via email to [email protected]; via phone to 212-730-9646 ext. 112; or via mail to our National Office at 20 West 44th Street, Suite 310, New York, NY 10036.
To register for a continuing education course hosted by the ICAA National Office, you can use the registration link noted on the program page, email [email protected], or call 212-730-9646 x112.
Please also note the ICAA National Office Registration and Cancellation Policy, which you may access by clicking here.
ICAA Chapters manage course registration for their own events. While Chapter programs may be listed on classicist.org, you should check the Chapter website, or contact the Chapter directly, for the most up-to-date details including dates, times, pricing, and information on how to register.
The ICAA National Office does not offer recurring continuing education classes on a regular basis, but aims to offer future sessions of classes whose demand exceeded capacity. Core classes are generally offered annually or semi-annually.
The frequency of ICAA Chapter courses varies by region.
You can find a list of the ICAA's core curriculum subject areas along with more details about the ICAA Certificate in Classical Architecture program by clicking here. For questions about specific courses that aren’t on this list, please contact [email protected]
Most ICAA continuing education courses are suited to all artistic and academic backgrounds. Seasoned artists and novices alike have enjoyed and improved on their skills in ICAA classes. If a class has any pre-requisites or is recommended for a certain experience level, this will appear on the class listing on the ICAA website.
While Chapter courses may be listed on classicist.org, you should check the Chapter website, or contact the Chapter directly, for the most up-to-date details including dates, times, pricing, and pre-requisites.
Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) in architecture includes topics that relate to the structural integrity and soundness of a building or a building site. Course content must focus on these topics in order to provide HSW credits. For more information on ICAA classes that have been approved by the AIA for HSW credit, please contact [email protected]
In many cases, you will be able to receive a full or partial refund of your course registration fee. For courses in the New York Region, you may refer to the ICAA's Continuing Education cancellation and refund policy by clicking here.
You may find the ICAA's policies [here]. If you are attending a Chapter program, please contact the Chapter directly for more information on Chapter-specific policies.